Parents report more anxiety in lockdown, Scottish poll finds
A new survey for the Early Intervention Foundation by Ipsos MORI highlights parents’ concern for their children’s mental health and wellbeing as they return to school, often for the first time since March. The survey also showed parents’ strong desire for schools to do more to support pupils to cope at this time.
The survey found that half of parents (51%) are concerned about their child’s mental health and wellbeing as they return to school or go to school for the first time. This is a particular concern for parents from lower-income households (58% for those earning up to £19,999, compared with 44% for those earning £55,000 or more).
Parents are particularly worried about how their children will adjust to changes in the school environment (61%), maintain focus and concentration on school work (45%), reintegrate with other pupils, teachers and staff at school (42%) and cope with worries about the virus (41%).